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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 10, 2011 4:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 6/28/76 SBD out!

Charlie Miller's continuing his 1976 extravaganza with the SBDs of 6/27 & 6/28/76, which should be up on the Archive shortly.
Listened to 6/28 and of course it's pristine - there are AUD patches, but even the AUD sounds glorious (in fact, in some ways preferable because Jerry sounds more blazing than he does on the SBD).
The first set is standard '76, with a steady measured pace & no blowouts. The highlight for me is the Scarlet with its long wandering jam. The next few songs are solid - the High Time is very stately (though for me it kind of drags, and there's no solo).
The Dead sound quite eager for the second-set Eyes - kind of like the Eyes on 6/9, Garcia's in no hurry to get to the verses, so we start off with a five-minute solo... Garcia has that sweet "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" sound.
Rather than a band jam out of Eyes, there's a bass/drum interlude, and Mickey takes the band into Happiness Is Drumming. This is a one-time-only, must-hear jam - if you've overlooked it so far, it's time to check it out - it sounds like one of the 1975 studio Allah jams.
They don't take it "out" though, it stays in that Fire on the Mountain groove. The jam dissolves, and Garcia decides to cut to Wharf Rat (one of those odd '76 positionings) - this Rat is silky & smooth, perhaps a bit too smooth for my taste.
I didn't find the rest of the set to be anything special (can't stand these Dancings, and the Wheel doesn't get the jam treatment like it does the next night). But there is a nice, relaxed Not Fade Away encore (something that happened just three times in '76).

I thought I'd point out 6/28 due to the unique jam - but actually I prefer the second set of 6/27 overall. Hard to argue with an unusual Let It Grow>jam>Wharf Rat followed by a long Help>Slip>Frank>Sugar Mag! The jams in Let It Grow and Franklin's are something else - they were in the mood to play that night; so I recommend the entire 6/27 second set.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Mar 10, 2011 6:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

I'm with LIA on this one. The 28th is fun with some great songs but the 27th oozes "IT" all night long.

Here's my take (not a review, just an observation. If I get blasted for this I promise never to post one again).

The second set starts out with LET IT GROW! Huh? Great, powerful version that is still in it’s infancy but very big and exploratory. They break off into DRUMS. This is foreshadowing of things to come for the drummers. You can hear some “beasty” stuff in there and the jungles of Vietnam start to come alive. They wind themselves up to POP! back into LIG with big notes and big sounds then bring it way down as it descends into a beautiful noodle by Jerry that sounds like it’s going to be Comes a Time which would have been perfect but instead he turns it to WHARF RAT which is really different in the first part of the 2nd set but there it is. They take it down to the docks and back up to what “could be”. This is not the best version of this song but the outro is quite beautiful. Somehow tumbling into SAMSON seems so right here. Apparently the drummers are wanting some of the limelight because they carry this song to places that are the ones you always want it to go to. They madly pound out the beat and “get their way” as they tear the whole building down. HELP ON THE WAY is quite nice and it seems that there are two parts to the 2nd set. This begins the second part because they take a big break after Samson to get ready for this. It is a stellar version of the song but as usual, SLIPKNOT steals the thunder. This is a classic version of the song. It starts out slow and exploratory and you think they might just slip into Franklin’s but then the slow build-up begins and they take it all the way up to the top of the mountain before the crash into FRANKLIN’S TOWER. This is a fine version of this song that they don’t want to end. There is a lot of unstated power here that smolders just under the surface of “reality”. The outro is VERY long and they really explore all the notes almost individually it seems. SUGAR MAGNOLIA is of course always good but you can hear the crowd going ape-shit once they begin the SSDD jam out of SM but before they stop and start again. Really a great show. Wish there was a soundboard.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 10, 2011 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

Review/observation, who cares dmax? To me it's your passion for the music being expressed.
Why would you let one, if any, post never let you express your love for the music again? Write dmax. Write.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 10, 2011 5:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

quite often your posts inspire me to listen to certain segments of music. don't mind the haters, bro!

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Mar 10, 2011 5:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

Thanks for pointing this out! 1976 is definitely my favorite year from the latter half of the 70s.

Funny, I hated the disco dancin's too but now I love them. I'm not sure why. Same thing happened with "Shakedown Street." Still hate stagger lee, though.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Mar 11, 2011 12:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

This 76 flood really is great. Not only do we get to hear never-before-heard soundboards, but they sound absolutely amazing for 35+ year old cassette masters, and have those nice "made for Danny" at-the-board aud's to either patch or enjoy on their own if we're in the aud mood. I'd *almost* say I'm starting to burn out on 76, then I think about getting to hear new transfers of such heavy hitters as 6/29, 7/17, 7/18, etc. and I get all excited again.

Interesting that 6/27 is getting more hype over 6/28. Honestly I don't think I've ever given 6/27 a listen. There are a couple of 76ers I just never got around to listening to much if any of, and I think 6/27 is among them. Looking at the setlist, it's is standard 76, first rate tunes with almost guaranteed second set pairings involving Let it Grow/Wharf Rat/Wheel/Dancin/Help>Slip, etc. Then I noticed that the timing for the Let it Grow from the 27th is over 17 minutes long! Surely there's a drum break of indeterminate length, but even with a healthy drums portion, 17 minutes ain't no joke.

I'm currently in the middle of Eyes from 6/28, but I think after the happiness jam I'm switching over to 6/27.

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Mar 10, 2011 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

I am so looking forward to this, and have been for the past week or so since all this '76 stuff started happening thanks to Charlie Miller. I love 1976. I just keep checking back to see if it's in yet. Also of course looking forward to 12/2/73.... We may only have a short window of opportunity here to hear. Hear, hear.. hmmm? It kind of sucks when official releases, which are usually done great, are incomplete shows, then the whole show is pulled from here, I guess it makes it easier. Thankful for what we got, though. I do want to ask what is this '76 box I keep seeing mentioned, at least a couple of times? Is this just our wishful thinking in the light of E72? or is there a plan at the Vault to release some more '76 in the form of a box set? or a limited box set?? Even worse. I also read peoples anticipation of Spring '90, so it does make me think it all must be speculation and wishful thinking.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Mar 10, 2011 7:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

I think the rumors about the '76 box are based on a rumor that GDP asked Charlie not to release new transfers from the summer of '76. Somewhat consistent with this is the date that Charlie did these recent transfers. Here is the info from the 6-22-76 show that arrived here about a week ago.

Grateful Dead - June 22, 1976
Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA

Recording Info:
SBD -> Master Cassette -> Apogee Ensemble -> Peak -> AIFF

Transfer Info:
AIFF -> Adobe Audition v1.5 -> Samplitude Professional v10.1 -> FLAC
(3 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)

All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
October 24, 2008

Yep, he did the transfer almost 2.5 years ago but didn't release it until last week. Supposedly he did transfers of the Orpheum shows from July as well and they do not appear to be in the list of shows he is currently releasing. I think that is what has fueled speculation about an official release from this time period.

Oops he is releasing the Orpheum shows soon, my bad:

"Here is a list of the shows from 1976 that will be circulated by me over the next few months (Keep in mind that some shows have multiple aud + sbd sources that will be released)"

There's probably some more in there that I can't remember right now.

There's also new boards of:

This post was modified by elbow1126 on 2011-03-11 03:30:18

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Mar 10, 2011 11:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

Thank you, Elbow. It is very interesting indeed and something I noticed too, but had forgotten about the remastering done in '08. I think I had read some of that rumor too right here and starts to clear up the fog in my mind. Glad to have a look at that post from Charlie with the wonderful list of shows he's working on. That sure gives us all something to look forward to.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 10, 2011 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

Everything you read about future releases is just speculation & wishful thinking. The folks at keep their lips sealed... We don't even know what the Road Trips for this year will be, let alone the next box set!

That said, they haven't released a '76 show in five years, so it's bound to come up in the rotation sometime. Lately the Road Trips have been dipping into infrequently visited years. (I think a '76 Road Trips is more likely than a box set, but that's a guess.)
You can consider the Charlie Miller releases as this year's 1976 "box set"!

And I'm sure we'll get a spring '90 release sometime too - although, since they had two big '89 releases last year, they might stay away from that period for a while.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 11, 2011 7:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

I think there is a bit more truth to some of these rumors than you think. At least as far as a June '76 release. I believe Charlie has been sitting on these new sources for quite some time. I recall hearing the June '76 release rumors a while back, I think it is possible that Charlie was asked not to make these available at that time.

I have to say I'm quite glad these June shows were not boxed up. I would much prefer a release from July of the year. But I'm quite happy with these new soundboards. I dont have my notes with me, and I need to get geared up for an 8:30 lift-off, but I recall the older audience recordings from June of this year being very difficult to enjoy.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 11, 2011 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

It's true that Miller transferred these shows a couple years ago, but only now "got the OK" to release them.
He doesn't say who gives him the go-ahead, though - it might not be the Dead organization at all, but the person who leaked these tapes.
Logically, if he's being authorized to put out all these June/July '76 shows now, when he couldn't do it a couple years ago - it doesn't seem related to the Dead's release plans. If anything, it would seem to discourage hopes of a summer '76 release anytime soon...

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Mar 10, 2011 11:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/28/76 SBD out!

Good to see your post. I'm not crazy after all. At least not based on this evidence, haha. I think we can all be happy about these upcoming Charlie Miller tapes and I for one will be considering it my own box set, I know I'm not alone there. I remember all the hype about any upcoming show and predictions Deadheads would always make about the set list, and a wish for that one elusive tune that hadn't been played in a long time. I think all of us wishing for a specific run and trying to predict the next release is a modern substitution for that old habit.